Virtual NCHEP 2021 - Amplifying Access

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Thank you for attending the first ever Virtual National Conference on Higher Education in Prison (March 1-5, 2021)

*Amplifying Access was the original theme of the 10th Annual NCHEP Conference (which was canceled in 2020 due to the global health crisis).

We are especially thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker will be Dr. Bettina Love!

Keynote session: Tuesday March 2, 2021 at 7pm ET

Learn more about Dr. Bettina Love, Virtual NCHEP’s Keynote Speaker.

Virtual NCHEP : How it Works

  • Daily presentations: 11am ET to 8pm ET
  • plenary & KeyNote sessions: 7-8pm ET March 2-5, 2021
  • All events require a password. Register as a conference attendee to obtain access.
  • RSVP / join for individual sessions (see the schedule on this page) to have their Zoom link(s) added to your calendar.
  • #VirtualNCHEP #AmplifyingAccess #TENCHEP
Virtual NCHEP FAQ

Schedule

Welcome to the Virtual NCHEP. As a participant in this conference, we ask that before registering for events you review the Alliance's Statement on Language: 

The Alliance believes that language is a powerful tool in shaping the culture and narrative in the field of higher education in prison, and in society as a whole. With this in mind, and drawing upon the rich history of work that has previously been engaged on this topic, we want to express our opposition to the usage of terms that are rooted in a history of violent and oppressive systems. Along with a vast majority of our community members, we share the view that terms such as “prisoner,” “inmate,” “offender,” “convict” and “felon” are stigmatizing, dehumanizing, discriminatory, and continue to enact violence and do not acknowledge an individual’s full identity. We consider it standard practice to abstain from such language, unless you have experienced incarceration and choose to self-identify as such. Read the full statement

Day 1: Monday, March 1

11:30 am
12:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations
Works-In-Progress

The Possibility Report: From Prison to College Degrees in California

Danny Murillo, Campaign for College Opportunity

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1:00 pm
2:15 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations
Works-In-Progress

Access to Higher Education in Prison via Distance Learning: Emotional Costs and Rewards

Prof. Helen Irma Lepp Friesen, University of Winnipeg

Access and Barriers: Lessons Learned From Second Chance Pell Grant Institutions

Audrea Dakho, University of Michigan - Dearborn

Towards a Research Infrastructure for Higher Education in Prison

Meagan Wilson, Ithaka S+R, Michael Fried, Ithaka S+R, Julia Karon, Ithaka S+R

Amplifying Freedom: Increasing the Carceral Society’s Access to HEP Through Incarcerated Scholars

Timothy Russell, Prison Programs, The College at Southeastern, Wake Forest, NC

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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations
Works-In-Progress

The Role and the Impact of Theological Education in the Prison Setting

William Eric Waters, New York Theological Seminary; Mark Chapman, New York Theological Seminary; John Ducksworth, New York Theological Seminary; Darren Ferguson, New York Theological Seminary

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4:00 pm
5:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations
Works-In-Progress

Where’s the STEM? Understanding the factors that limit and support access to high-quality STEM education in prisons and reentry programs across the United States

Jill Farrington Stockwell, Princeton University; Neil Schiavo, Education Development Center; Robert Matthews Tynes, Bard Prison Initiative; Stanley Andrisse, Prison Cells to PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Howard University; Adam Alvarez, Rowan University; Veronica Horowitz, SUNY Buffalo; Andrew Cannon, SUNY Buffalo; Eden Badertscher, Education Development Center

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5:30 pm
6:30 pm
EST
Individual Paper Presentations
Works-In-Progress

Virtual Networking Event

All conference attendees are welcome to participate

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7:00 pm
8:00 pm
EST
Individual Paper Presentations
Works-In-Progress

Applying for Educational Justice: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Community College Reentry Program Grant Applications

Elif Asli Yucel, University of Southern California

One of These Three Just Doesn’t Belong: College, Employment, & Criminal History

Catrina Palmer Johnson, Rutgers University; Nicole Jones Young, Franklin & Marshall College

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Day 2: Tuesday, March 2

11:30 am
12:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Undanced Dances through Prison Walls During a Pandemic

Suchi Branfman, Dancing Through Prison Walls, Justice Education at Claremont Colleges, Scripps College; Selina Ho, Dancing Through Prison Walls, Scripps College; Ernst Fenelon, Jr., Dancing Through Prison Walls, Prison Education Project

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1:00 pm
2:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

College, Responsibility, Re-entry: MyTERN, A Collaboration Between College, Community, and Corrections

Hilary Janine Binda, Tufts University, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Arthur Bembury, Partakers, College Behind Bars Mentoring, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Jeffrey Raphael,  Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Claudia Guetta, Tufts University, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Shakir Abdullah, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Joseph Irizarry, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Davon McNeil, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Arlice Daveiga, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Calvena Davoe, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Hector Bannister, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN); Rahim Gray, Tufts Educational Re-entry Network (TERN)

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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Terms of the Debate: Higher Education in Prison as Represented in New York Print Media Coverage, 2013-2020

Patrick Filipe Conway, Boston College

Crossing Borders for Access: Amplifying the Role of Identity Narratives in Prison Education

Tim Barnett representing a collective of students from Northeastern Illinois University and the Prison+Neighborhood Arts/Education Project (PNAP)

Today, I Have a Voice

Jose {Hozer} Flores, College of the Redwoods Pelican Bay Scholars Program

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4:00 pm
5:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Amplifying Access to Prison Journalism and Prison Journalism Education

Kate McQueen, University of California Santa Cruz; Yukari Kane, Northwestern University; Shaheen Pasha, Penn State University; Jesse Vasquez, San Quentin News; Razvan Sibii, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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5:30 pm
6:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Accessing the Past: Connecting the Past and Present in Carceral Spaces

Laura Rogers, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Patrick Berry, Syracuse University; Tobi Jacobi, Colorado State University at Fort Collins; Mary Ellen Sanger, Colorado State University at Fort Collins

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7:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Keynote Address: Dr. Bettina Love

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Day 3: Wednesday, March 3

11:30 am
12:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

The Intersectionality of Inside Out

Donna Randolph, My New Journeys

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11:30 am
12:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Equity in Access: Do your classroom reflect the demographics in your prison?

Ruth Delaney, The Vera Institute of Justice; Kayla James, The Vera Institute of Justice; Allan Wachendorfer, The Vera Institute of Justice

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1:00 pm
2:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Upholding Pedagogical Values During a Crisis, and Thereafter

Dr. Robert Tynes, Bard Prison Initiative

The Threat of Recreating Inequity by Offering a Bachelor’s Degree

Daniel McGloin, Wesleyan University

Inspired Minds: Creative Writing for Good Relations and Anti-Colonial Critique

Nancy Van Styvendale, University of Alberta, Canada; Karrie Auger, Norquest College, Canada

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1:00 pm
2:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Covid19 and the Political Landscape? Witnessing the Costs of the Current Legal Order

Prof. Doran Larson, Hamilton College and The American Prison Writing Archive

Amplifying Technological Equity

Dr. Kurtis Tanaka, Ithaka S+R

Watering the Roses that Grew from Concrete

Dr. Anacany Torres, Santiago Canyon College

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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Zooming Toward Amplified Access

Deanna Kabler, Prison Programs, The College at Southeastern; Timothy Russell, Prison Programs, The College at Southeastern; Dustin Green, Prison Programs, The College at Southeastern; Kelvin Smith, Prison Programs, The College at Southeastern; Barry Mintz, Prison Programs, The College at Southeastern; Christopher Jacobs, Prison Programs, The College at Southeastern

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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Can We Provide Access to Campus Without Housing?

Eric Pereira, NJ-STEP, Rutgers University; Chris Agans, NJ-STEP, Rutgers University; Tia Ryans, NJ F.O.R.T.E. House; Regina Diamond-Rodriguez, NJ-STEP, Rutgers University; Tyreek Rolon, NJ-STEP, Rutgers University; Vernon Johnson, NJ-STEP, Rutgers University

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4:00 pm
5:00 pm
EST
Individual Paper Presentations

Meet the Landscape Project Cohort

Christina Dawkins, A4Abolitionists, Cohort Program Facilitator; Members of the Higher Education in Prison Landscape Project Cohort

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4:00 pm
5:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Utilizing Education Technology to Support Expanded Program Access

Noah Freedman, Nucleos; Emmanuel Luvert, Multnomah Education Service District - Juvenile Detention Education Program; Noel Vest, Stanford University; Dirk van Velzen, Prison Scholars

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7:00 pm
8:00 pm
EST
Individual Paper Presentations

Humanizing Mathematics: Is An Accessible and Creative Mathematics Even Possible?

Eden Meredith Badertscher, Education Development Center; Otis Brian Jennings, Objective Data Systems; Amy Shapiro, Bard Prison Initiative; Jason O'Malley, Re-Entry Coaching Academy; Avery Agles, The Prison Teaching Initiative at Princeton University; Jodie Lambert, Operation Restoration

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7:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Accessing Repair: Transforming Violence Beyond Prisons

Plenary Session: Danielle Sered, Common Justice

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Day 4: Thursday, March 4

11:30 am
12:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Aligning Access: Creating a Network of Post-secondary Opportunity in Tennessee’s Prison System

Lauren Solina, Tennessee Board of Regents

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11:30 am
12:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

NY-CHEP and the Transformative Power of Collaborative Partnerships

Timothy McCorry, Medaille College; Rachel Sander, SUNY System Administration; Lisette Bamenga, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison; Marianne Kupin-Lisbin, University of Rochester; Elisabeth Santiago, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

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11:30 am
12:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Making the Barriers Bearable

Sal Corbin, Friendship Place; Jean Michel Giraud, Friendship Place

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1:00 pm
2:00 pm
EST
Individual Paper Presentations

Towards Empowered and Resilient Students

Max Klapow, Washington University in St. Louis; Victoria Thomas, Washington University in St. Louis

Bringing Service-Based Learning to Incarcerated College Students

Dr. Justus Ghormley, Notre Dame/Holy Cross College

From Potential to Proposed Bill: Educationally Empowered, Incarcerated Individuals Contribute to Sentencing Reform

Phillip V. Smith II, Prison Programs, The College at Southeastern, Wake Forest, NC; Timothy W. Johnson, Prison Programs, The College at Southeastern, Wake Forest, NC

Orange is the New Black: How Higher Education in Prison De-stigmatizes People Returning from Prison to a Racist Society

Kentel Weaver, Tufts University

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1:00 pm
2:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Elevating Voices and Bridging Distance through Narrative and the Creative Arts

Hannah Rachel Bacon, Marymount Manhattan College; Erin Greenwell, Marymount Manhattan College; Aileen Baumgartner, Bedford Hills College Program; Jennifer Fecu, Stand Up Speak Out; Jazzelle Bustos, Stand Up Speak Out; Christina Remley, Stand Up Speak Out; Christina Remley, Stand Up Speak Out

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1:00 pm
2:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Culturally Diverse Populations in Collegiate Recovery Programs

Anna Lee Trevino, Texas Tech University Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities; Thomas Kimball, Texas Tech University Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities; Lyle Yates-Bourasa, Texas Tech University Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities; Jaime Devenport, Texas Tech University Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities; Justin North-Olague, Texas Tech University Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities

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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Lessons from Saint Dolly: Working Toward an Ethic of Mutual Aid in the HEP Community

Members of the Southern Higher Education in Prison Collective

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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Creative Collaboration: Curating a New Partnership Between the Division of Youth Services and CSU Pueblo

Kathryn Elizabeth Starkey, Colorado State University Pueblo; Kristyn Noelle White Davis, Colorado State University Pueblo; Erin Osterhaus, Division of Youth Services; Emma Mitchell, Colorado State University Pueblo; Jason Engel, Colorado State University Pueblo

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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Characterizing the Intersection of Substance Use Disorder, Mental Illness, and Higher Education in Prison Re-entry

Noel Vest, Stanford University School of Medicine; O'Dell Johnson, Research Institute of Social Equity (RISE); Donna Madison-Bell, Five Keys Charter Schools and Program; David Morelos, Research Institute of Social Equity (RISE)

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4:00 pm
5:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

California Statewide Student Caucus (for Rising Scholars Network)

Nohealani Casperson, FITE/ LIFE, Laura Electa Hayes, FIRST/CORE, Jasmin Lopez, FIRST/CORE; Brittany Morton, Homeboy Industries; Isaac Gonzales, ELAC; Amada Alvarez, ELAC

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4:00 pm
5:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

College Gateway

Linda Agripino, College Gateway at Red Rocks Community College; Dr. Neil Gowensmith, University of Denver; Cathy Lachman, Founder of College Gateway at Red Rocks Community College

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4:00 pm
5:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Bringing Business Schools to Prison

Tierney T. Fairchild, Resilience Education; Whitney Johnson, Resilience Education; Sandra Navalli, Columbia Business School, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Damon Phillips, Columbia Business School, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise; Domini Ebron, Graduate of Resilience Education Programs and Entrepreneur; Dr. Wendy Lyle-Jones, Principal of Buckingham, Dillwyn and Rustburg Men’s Correctional Centers

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5:30 pm
6:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Jamii Sisterhood: Building a Movement For and About Black Women in Higher Education in Prison

Dr. Erin Corbett, Co-founder and CEO of Second Chance Educational Alliance; Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad, Associate Professor of Criminology at Howard University; Dr. Breea Willingham, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at SUNY Plattsburgh

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5:30 pm
6:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

From the Facility to the Community

Dr. Michael Tyrone Williams, North Carolina Department of Public Safety

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7:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

A New Digital Tool to Expand Access to College and Reentry Services

Erin Castro, University of Utah; Terrell Harris Jr., Ithaca College; Gauri Jain, Cornell University; Rob Scott, Cornell University

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7:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Collaborative Research in a College-in-Prison Program

Heather Erwin, University of Iowa; Aliza Fones, University of Northern Iowa; Katie Rodgers, Coe College

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7:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Expanding Equity and Access Through a Robust Network: How California's Rising Scholars Network Implements Statewide Change

Rebecca Silbert, Foundation for the California Community Colleges; Leslie LeBlanc, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; Kellie Nadler, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; Javier Rodriguez, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; Chelsea Esquibias, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; Rafael A. Montano, Imperial Valley College; Eric Gentry, Chabot College; Jessica Dobson, Norco College

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7:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Panel Discussion on the History of Policing

Plenary Session: Dr. Simon Balto, University of Iowa; DeAnza Cook, Harvard University; Dr. Marisol Lebrón, University of Texas at Austin

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Day 5: Friday, March 5

11:30 am
12:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Pretexts & Pedagogy

Chris Dickson, College Unbound; Peter Dickson, College Unbound

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11:30 am
12:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Teacher Perceptions of Teaching and Learning both Students Currently Incarcerated and “Traditional” Students

Joanna Weidler-Lewis, The Pennsylvania State University

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1:00 pm
2:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Virtual NCHEP Conference Debrief

All conference attendees are welcome to participate

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1:00 pm
2:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

How Accessible is Critical Pedagogy?

Logan Middleton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Celena Todora, University of Pittsburgh; Nate Maertens, Inver Hills Community College

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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Higher Education in Prison: A Faculty Perspective in Changing Times

Brenda Lyseng, Inver Hills Community College; Vicky Knickerbocker, Inver Hills Community College; Nate Maertens, Inver Hills Community College; Christine Petrich, Inver Hills Community College

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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
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Amplifying In-Person: Reframing the Debate on Technology in the Prison Classroom

Sheila R. Meiman, Raritan Valley Community College RISE; Kurtis Tanaka, Ithaka S + R; Ethan Annis, Mt. Tamalpais College (formerly the Prison University Project); Heather Erwin, University of Iowa Liberal Arts Beyond Bars; Dr. Erin Corbett, Second Chance Educational Alliance, Inc.

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4:00 pm
5:15 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Preparing Incarcerated Students for Change

Marianne Goodfellow, North Country Community College; Sarah Kilby, North Country Community College; Dan Snyder, North Country Community College

Carceral Health is Public Health

Patrick Franklin Hibbard, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Andrea D Jonata, INPEP, Project ECHO (Fairbanks School of Public Health-IUPUI)

Drawing One’s Own Conclusions: Teaching Graphic Narrative Memoir in Prison

Gina Hausknecht, Coe College

Tumultuous 2020: Amid a Pandemic Success and Resilience Prevails

Marco Rios, College of the Redwoods--Pelican Bay Scholars

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4:00 pm
5:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Ensuring Access During COVID-19 Using Learning Technologies

Maura Kathleen Grady, Ashland University; Mary Deloe, Ashland University; Miles Wood, Ashland University (alumnus); Ben Castro, Ashland University (alumnus); Kristen Theriot, Ashland University (alumna); Carrie Tomko, Ashland University (faculty); Candace Chambers, Ashland University (faculty); Kelly Crowl, Ashland University (instructional designer); Ginny Maher, Ashland University (site director)

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5:30 pm
6:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

(Re)Imagining Teaching and Learning Pedagogies and Practices within the Carceral Context

Julissa Muñiz, Northwestern University; Miguel Quezada,The Ahimsa Collective; Sujey Reynoso, University of California, Berkeley

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5:30 pm
6:30 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Gender is Learned: On Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Carceral Classroom

Reuven Lorin Goldberg, Princeton University; Valeria Dani, Alliance for Higher Education in Prison/Cornell University

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7:00 pm
8:00 pm
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Individual Paper Presentations

Felon: An American Washi Tale

Plenary Session: Reginald Dwayne Betts, Million Book Project

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